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Design Build Fly

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Project ended on February 28, at 11:59 PM EST
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Design Build Fly


Welcome to the Olin College Design-Build-Fly Team Crowdfunding Campaign! 

Founded in 2017, we are a team of undergraduate students that develop highly-specialized electric RC aircraft for the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics Design-Build-Fly competition. In our first year of competition, we gained recognition as the 11th place finisher nationally in Wichita, Kansas.

Team members gain experience through a variety of tasks, while building skills in mechanical design, composite fabrication, simulation, aerodynamic studies, actuation, part selection, shop-based fabrication, team collaboration, communication, RC flight, and more.

This year's competition involves optimizing for minimum wing span and take off distance, while maximizing speed and payload. There are a few new design challenges this year, including remotely-triggered unfolding and locking wings, midair store release, and takeoff from an inclined plane. By contributing to this project, you contribute to a growing team of engineers who develop confidence and autonomy in their mechanical and electrical designs, as well as a great background in flight concepts and analysis.


We hope to take more team members than ever this year to the national competition in Arizona, and your funds will help us achieve that in addition to providing the finances needed to build a more capable, competitive airplane. 

More information about the AIAA and the National Design-Build-Fly competition can be found here:

Please consider a gift today to help Design-Build-Fly get to competition by clicking a giving level or the "Donate Now" button! Thank you!

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Flight Engineer

We'll send a personal thank you with a photo of the team!


Second Officer

You'll also get a thank you with a photo of the team in addition to your name on our T-shirts!


First Officer

You'll get everything before, and your own shirt!



As a Captain, you'll get everything above, and a special thank you!

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